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Fall 2013 · Vol. 42 No. 2 · pp. 251–259 

Recommended Reading

New Calvinism: A Selected Bibliography

Vic Froese

The challenges of compiling a useful New Calvinist bibliography are at least twofold. First, as Anthony Siegrist and Gary Wiebe point out elsewhere in this issue of Direction, New Calvinists are endowed with a “publishing ferocity,” and the sheer volume of books and articles they produce makes “selecting” the most important of them a task better suited to a specialist, which I am not. Secondly, it is not always clear which writers qualify as “New Calvinists.” Some are obviously in that young, restless, and Reformed camp—Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, Collin Hansen, Mark Dever, Josh Harris, Mark Driscoll, for example. Then there are the acknowledged leaders like John Piper, Don Carson, Tim Keller, Al Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, and maybe John MacArthur (“maybe” because he is also a critic of New Calvinists, especially of Driscoll). Finally, such intellectual giants of the evangelical Reform movement as D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (d. 1981), J. I. Packer, R. C. Sproul, and James Montgomery Boice (d. 2000) need to be recognized for their roles in nurturing New Calvinism, even though they are either dead or well past the age when they could be mistaken for “young” or “restless.” But I am uncertain that, were they younger or alive, they would necessarily embrace New Calvinism with open arms, as affirming as they might be of much of what it stands for. The Reformed tradition at its best has a depth that some New Calvinists do not.

These challenges notwithstanding, the bibliography that follows (as truncated as it is) should give both friends and enemies of the New Calvinism, and the merely curious, a starting point for further research and reading. As is true of almost anything we choose (or are predestined) to read, discernment is advisable. {252}



  • Boice, James Montgomery. Dealing with Bible Problems: Alleged Errors and Contradictions in the Bible. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1999.
  • ———. Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive & Readable Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1986.
  • ———. Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? Recovering the Doctrines That Shook the World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001.
  • Boice, James Montgomery, and Philip Graham Ryken. The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002.
  • Bridges, Jerry. The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994. {253}
  • Carson, D. A. Christ and Culture Revisited. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • ———. The Intolerance of Tolerance. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012.
  • ———. The Scriptures Testify About Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity, 2013.
  • Chan, Francis, and Danae Yankoski. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2008.
  • Dever, Mark. The Church: The Gospel Made Visible. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2012.
  • ———. What Does God Want of Us Anyway? A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.
  • Dever, Mark, and Michael Lawrence. It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.
  • DeYoung, Kevin, ed. Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.
  • ———. Freedom and Boundaries: a Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church. Enumclaw, WA: Pleasant Word, 2006.
  • DeYoung, Kevin, and Greg Gilbert. What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.
  • Driscoll, Mark. Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.
  • Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.
  • Driscoll, Mark, and Grace Driscoll. Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship & Life Together. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2012.
  • Forster, Greg. The Joy of Calvinism: Knowing God’s Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012. {254}
  • Grudem, Wayne A. Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth: An Analysis of More Than One Hundred Disputed Questions. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2004.
  • ———. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity; Zondervan, 1994.
  • Grudem, Wayne A., C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Schreiner. Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.
  • Grudem, Wayne A., and Elliot Grudem. Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.
  • Hansen, Collin. Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
  • Harris, Joshua. Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2010.
  • ———. Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2011.
  • Harris, Joshua, and Eric Stanford. Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2013.
  • Horton, Michael Scott. The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.
  • ———. For Calvinism. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.
  • Keller, Timothy J. The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy. Chorley, England: 10Publishing, 2012.
  • ———. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. New York: Riverhead, 2012.
  • ———. Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God. New York: Riverhead, 2013.
  • ———. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead, 2008. {255}
  • ———. Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering. New York: Penguin Group (USA), 2013.
  • Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles. Reprint. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999.
  • ———. Great Doctrines of the Bible. Republication. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.
  • ———. Why Does God Allow War? Republication. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.
  • MacArthur, John. Because the Time Is Near: John MacArthur Explains the Book of Revelation. Chicago: Moody, 2007.
  • ———. The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible. Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles, 2006.
  • ———. Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
  • MacArthur, John, et al. Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Humility: True Greatness. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2005.
  • Mahaney, C. J., and Craig Cabaniss. Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
  • Mahaney, C. J., and Kevin Meath. The Cross Centered Life. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2002.
  • Mohler, R. Albert. Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
  • ———. Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2008.
  • ———. The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2009. {256}
  • Murrell, Adam. Predestined to Believe: Common Objections to the Reformed Faith Answered. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock, 2009.
  • Packer, J. I. Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 1991.
  • ———. Knowing God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1973.
  • ———. Rediscovering Holiness. Ann Arbor, MI: Vine, 1992.
  • ———. Truth & Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life. Wheaton, IL: H. Shaw, 1996.
  • Piper, John. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. 4th ed. Portland, OR: Multnomah, 2011.
  • ———. Don’t Waste Your Life. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2003.
  • ———. The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007.
  • ———. God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005.
  • ———. God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards, with the Complete Text of “The End for Which God Created the World.” Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1998.
  • ———. Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
  • ———. What’s the Difference? Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001.
  • Piper, John, and Justin Taylor. Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.
  • Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Multnomah Books, 2010.
  • Schreiner, Thomas R., and Bruce A. Ware, eds. Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge and Grace. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2000.
  • Sproul, R. C. Chosen by God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1986. {257}
  • ———. The Holiness of God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1985.
  • ———. Scripture Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2005.
  • ———. What Is Reformed Theology? Understanding the Basics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012.
  • ———. Willing to Believe: The Controversy Over Free Will. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997.
  • Stewart, Kenneth J. Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition. Downers Grove, Ill.; Nottingham, England: IVP Academic?; Apollos, 2011.
  • Ware, Bruce A. God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004.
  • ———. God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2000.
  • ———. The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Questions on the Humanity of Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013.


  • Allen, David Lewis, and Steve Lemke, eds. Whosoever Will: A Biblical-theological Critique of Five-point Calvinism. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic, 2010.
  • Billings, J. Todd. “The Problem with TULIP, or: More Than TULIPs in This Field.” Perspectives 26, no. 3 (2011): 9–12.
  • Boersma, Hans. “Limited Hospitality: Election and Violence in Eternity.” In Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonment Tradition, 53–73. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Campbell, Iain D., and William M. Schweitzer, eds. Engaging with Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical. Darlington, England; Grand Rapids, MI: EP Books, 2013.
  • Dyrness, William A. “The Christian as Hedonist.” Reformed Journal 38, no. 11 (1988): 23–25. {258}
  • Geisler, Norman L. Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God’s Sovereignty and Free Will. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2010.
  • Giles, Kevin. “The Evangelical Theological Society and the Doctrine of the Trinity.” Evangelical Quarterly 80, no. 4 (October 1, 2008): 323–338. [Critique of Wayne Grudem’s and Bruce Ware’s doctrines of the Trinity, which provide the foundation for some New Calvinist arguments for gender complementarianism.]
  • Hart, David Bentley. “Providence and Causality: On Divine Innocence.” In The Providence of God: Deus Habet Consilium, edited by Philip Gordon Ziegler and Francesca Aran Murphy, 34–56. New York: T & T Clark, 2009.
  • Hoover, Joseph. “The Wealth of God’s Glory: a Response to John Piper’s ‘Four Problems in Romans 9:22–23’.” Stone-Campbell Journal 12, no. 1 (March 1, 2009): 47–58.
  • MacArthur, John. “Grow Up. Settle Down. Keep Reforming. Advice for the Young, Restless, Reformed.” Grace to You Blog, July 20, 2011.
  • McCall, Thomas H. “Two Cheers for the Resurgence of Calvinism in Evangelicalism: A Wesleyan-Arminian Perspective.” The Gospel Coalition, April 29, 2008.
  • ———. “We Believe on God’s Sovereign Goodness: a Rejoinder to John Piper.” Trinity Journal 29, no. 2 (September 1, 2008): 235–46.
  • Metzger, Paul Louis. “The Halfway House of Hedonism: Potential and Problems in John Piper’s Desiring God.” Crux 41, no. 4 (2005): 21–27.
  • Neufeld, Justin. “Resources on Idolatry: a Review Article.” Vision (Winnipeg, Man.) 12, no. 1 (March 1, 2011): 83–92. [Reviews Timothy Keller’s Counterfeit Gods (2009).]
  • Olson, Roger E. Against Calvinism. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.
  • ———. Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2006. {259}
  • Picirilli, Robert E. Grace, Faith, Free Will: Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism. Nashville, TN: Randall House, 2002.
  • Thorsen, Donald A. D. Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2013.
  • Thuesen, Peter Johannes. Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Voth, Gay Lynn. “Hidden Beliefs: What’s Behind the Sermons We Hear?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, October 2007, 10.
  • Walls, Jerry L., and Joseph Dongell. Why I Am Not a Calvinist. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004.
  • Ward, Dudley. Programmed by God or Free to Choose? Five-point Calvinism Under the Searchlight. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2008.


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